Tag: 1940s

Marshall Plan

A stylized drawing of large scissors cutting through barbed wire. The scissors, colored in red and blue, bear the text "Marshall Hjälpen" (Marshall Plan).

Marshall Plan Speech In the immediate post-World War II period, Europe remained ravaged by war and thus susceptible to exploitation by both internal and external communist threats. In a June 5, 1947, speech to the graduating class at Harvard University, Secretary of State George C. Marshall issued a call for a comprehensive program to rebuild

Franklin Roosevelt: D-Day Prayer

FDR - D-Day Appointment

On the night of June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt delivered a national radio address to the nation on the Allied invasion of Western Europe. The date and timing of the amphibious landing—the opening of the  long-awaited second front—had been top secret. Now, he acknowledged “success thus far” and urged the people to “devote themselves in a continuance of

Franklin Roosevelt: Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union, 1941

Franklin Roosevelt, Four Freedoms

In January 1941, as the German Army advanced through Europe, many Americans continued to believed the United States should stay out of the war. As he stepped to the lectern in the U.S. Capitol building, President Roosevelt understood Britain’s need for American support. What followed was an eloquent and urgent appeal for continued aid to Great